Farm Resilience Programme

Farm Resilience Programme

Our Farm Resilience Programme offers free business skills training to family farmers across the UK

Our Farm Resilience Programme (FRP) offers free business skills training to family farmers across the UK. The programme is open to dairy and livestock family farm businesses and takes a whole-farm and whole-family approach.

Groups are taking place in the following locations:

Northern Ireland

  • Seskinore
  • Dungiven

Wales

  • Tregaron
  • Brecon
  • Bala

Scotland             

  • Caithness
  • Ullapool              
  • Stranraer       
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“I feel it’s a lot easier to have these conversations around planning for our future now so thank you.”

FRP Participant, Dumfries House

Workshop topics

Business Health Check

The Business Health Check tool has been created for The Prince’s Countryside Fund with The Anderson’s Centre. It has been developed with your business in mind to help you get a better understanding of the financial performance of your on-farm enterprises.

Each farm business will complete the health check with the support from a farm secretary at the start of the programme, and the data required should be readily available in your financial accounts. After completion, you will receive a detailed benchmark report of your business, along with an update on the UK farming sector profitability and performance.

Benchmarking

The first workshop will provide you with a good understanding of farm financial accounts and will offer some suggestions to aid with your record keeping. The Anderson’s Centre will go through the group’s results from the Business Health Check, identifying strengths and areas of possible improvement. Please note, all data is anonymised using a code system and often other data is added in. This benchmarking exercise will help you highlight your own strengths and weaknesses to complete an action plan.

The workshop regularly scores excellent feedback from participating farmers: “The session on benchmarking was so interesting – I’d never done anything like that before, and it really makes you take a look at your business, as well as thinking about how you could apply the cost saving techniques. It’s been a real learning curve, and so helpful to break down the business into its parts.”

Reducing waste, reducing costs

This workshop will focus on improving efficiencies within the farming system to help mitigate inevitable rising costs. Famers will explore practical ways, such as feed cost control, home grown forage and livestock breeding to make efficiencies, whilst maintaining high standards and yields.

Understanding your farm business accounts

The workshop will support farmers in ‘speaking the language of finance’. Discussions will include the merits of managing accounts, benefits of benchmarking, unlocking the potential of online accountancy software, budgeting, jargon busting and relationships with their bank manager/accountant.

Your farm and the environment

This workshop will outline the broader picture and explain the drivers behind a focus on the environment within agriculture, and how family farms fit into this. Next, it will explore the current and new opportunities specific to the country, and how to engage in them. Finally, it will explore local farm level opportunities that could practically and finally benefit this business.

Planning your future

Planning for your future will delve into the subject of succession. Each member of the family will explore their goals and ambitions and ways to communicate within the family business to ensure the next generation have the skills to take the business forward.

“The succession planning workshop helped as our son is keen to take over, however that won’t be for a few years, but it encouraged us to talk with our landlord who has reassured us they would be happy for him to take over in due course. This gives us the peace of mind to invest in the farm knowing that our children will be able to gain from it in the future.”

Business planning and managing change

The final core workshop brings together the information participants learnt during the previous five workshops and focus on the business direction. The workshop will explore practical frameworks to help participants improve their decision-making process.  Participants will identify short and long term aims, analysing their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Summer meetings

Each group has  the opportunity to choose the topic of their summer meetings. These meetings are more sociable events e.g., BBQs and farm tours. Some popular topics have been soil and grassland management, livestock nutrition and carbon. 

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Evaluation of the FRP

Through a series of surveys, interviews, and analysis ADAS’s evaluation found that the Farm Resilience Programme delivers significant economic, social, and environmental benefits for farmers.

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How does it help?

Derek Clark, Garstang

“The programme allows farmers to be open and honest with others, which doesn’t happen very often. It’s a great way to put your head above the parapet and own how well your business is doing, to talk things through with others in a similar situation and with the expertise of the consultants.”

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Margo Wordie, Huntly

“Change is never easy, but change is coming and we all need to prepare as much as possible and this programme will help us move forward and look at the business and the operation.”

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Farming family

Further support?

Find out more about our free Farm Resilience Network – lifetime learning and support for your family farm, right across the UK.

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